The United Arab Emirates has arrested seven people accused of being linked to al-Qaeda and suspected of planning to carry out acts against national security, the state news agency WAM reported.
The “terrorist cell” was planning “acts that compromise the security of the nation, citizens and residents, and were recruiting people and promoting for al-Qaeda,” WAM said today, citing an unidentified official. It said the suspects were Arabs without being more specific.
The suspects provided logistical support and funds to al- Qaeda and sought to extend their activities to other countries in the region, the agency said.
Al-Qaeda has no known affiliations with local Islamist groups that are politically active in the Persian Gulf region.
It was the second instance of al-Qaeda-related arrests in less than a year and part of a wider crackdown on suspected security threats. Since September, U.A.E. officials have arrested dozens of people accused of collecting sensitive military information, planning attacks in the Gulf region and conspiring against the state.
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